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And it all started with a couple of killer suits…
Love him or hate him, Shia LaBeouf is undeniably one of our more eccentric celebrities. He’s more famous these days for his bizarre (and sometimes brilliant) art installations than his acting chops. And when it comes LaBeouf’s style, we’re used to spotting his—albeit oddly appealing—anti-fashion fits (regulation army boots, hole-y T-shirts, colorful anoraks, an epic collection of dad hats) than anything we’d recommend to readers. Let’s not forget last year’s whole rat tail situation. But at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend, LaBeouf proved, as he often does, that when it comes to suiting up, he’s still part of the Hollywood elite.
On Saturday, LaBeouf wore a perfect-fitting navy blue suit with a polka dot shirt worn in A+ air tie fashion. (Maybe he got the tip from our GQ Style coverboy Robert Downey, Jr.?) And here’s what works about LaBeouf’s look: His shirt collar and lapels are in perfect size harmony, his pants have no break (the uber-modern GQ way to do things), and he’s sockless, which is practically a requirement at all times the South of France. The most surprising thing about LaBeouf’s look is the return of his Even Stevens haircut. But considering it seems like the hair is for the upcoming John McEnroe biopic he’s starring in, the throwback Disney ‘do doesn’t look all that bad on the former child star (aside from the need for a sideburn trim).
But Shia’s greatest triumph came on Sunday in the form of his all-star level Prada white shawl collar tuxedo. Not only was his fit on point once again, but the size of his lapel, shirt collar, and bow-tie were a match made in tailoring heaven. White jackets are inherently fancier than black ones (maybe because they’re more susceptible to stains and thus more high-pressure), so if there were ever a place to wear one it would be on a red carpet. The question is: Is Shia secretly a tailoring geek and a fashion fan? Or does he simply only have a stylist for red carpet events? Does this finally mean he’s ready to re-enter traditional Hollywood? Who’s to say, but between his Humphrey Bogart-ish tuxedo and McEnroe flick, it seems like a great place to start an epic comeback.
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